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Fully Hosted Scenario

 

Applies to: Office 365 Small Business, Office 365 ProPlus, Office 365 Enterprise, Live@edu, Forefront Online Protection for Exchange

Topic Last Modified: 2012-04-23

A fully hosted scenario in Forefront Online Protection for Exchange (FOPE) refers to when all of your organization’s mailboxes are hosted exclusively through the Microsoft Exchange Online cloud service. In this scenario, Exchange Online is provisioned with FOPE, which provides filtering protection for your mailboxes. In most cases, this scenario does not require manual FOPE connector configuration.

NoteNote:
If you currently host your mailboxes on premises and use FOPE to provide message protection, but you would like all of your mailboxes to be hosted in the cloud, see the Microsoft Office 365 website to get started.

When receiving inbound email or sending outbound email, the fully hosted scenario is as follows:

Inbound and outbound fully hosted scenario

In this example, Contoso has purchased Exchange Online, which is provisioned with FOPE for email protection. All email for Contoso is fully hosted through the Exchange Online cloud service and is protected by FOPE.

When email is sent inbound to Contoso from an external Internet source, it is passed to FOPE, which performs the following inbound filtering operations on the message:

  • Edge filtering (Forefront DNS block list, envelope filtering, and directory based edge blocking)

  • Virus scanning (for Office 365 or Live@edu customers, see the note below)

  • Policy enforcement

  • Spam filtering

If the email passes inspection, it is delivered to the specified recipient whose mail is hosted with Exchange Online. If the email fails inspection, FOPE performs actions on the message depending upon the inbound configuration settings. You can view information about what actions FOPE has taken by looking at the mail delivery traffic reports in the My Reports tab of the FOPE Administration Center. For more information, see Understanding the Types of Reports Available in FOPE in the FOPE User Guide.

When email is sent outbound from Contoso to an external Internet source, it is also passed to FOPE, which performs the following outbound filtering operations on the message:

  • Edge filtering (Forefront DNS block list, envelope filtering, and directory based edge blocking)

  • Virus scanning (for Office 365 or Live@edu customers, see the note below)

  • Policy enforcement

  • Spam filtering

If the email passes inspection, it is delivered to the Internet (as per directive by the mail exchanger (MX) record) where it will reach the specified recipients. If the message fails inspection, FOPE performs actions on the message depending upon the outbound configuration settings.

NoteNote:
When mail is sent from one member of an organization to another member within the same organization, where both are using the Microsoft Office 365 service or Live@edu to host their mailboxes in the cloud, the mail is not filtered by FOPE. Instead, the message receives virus filtering provided by Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server (FPE) running on the Exchange Online data center servers.
 
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